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Showing posts with label John Lyons Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Lyons Band. Show all posts

Friday, February 28, 2014

John Lyons - Sing Me Another Song - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Sing Me Another Song, from John Lyons. Opening with Another Wave, a solid pop track, Lyons demonstrates his capabilities as a writer and singer with a catchy hook and nice vocal harmonies. Joined by Matthew Savnik on keys, Simon Britschgi on drums, Gabriel Spahni on bass and vocals and Simon Winiger on bass. She'll Tell You No Lies is a cool blues ballad with a nice melody. Lyons adds touches of guitar masterfully blended into the material of the music, Savnik maintaining the fullness of the track. Believe is a very strong radio style track with a particularly strong hook. Vocal blending and acoustic guitars over the simplicity of drums and keys allows the brightness of Lyons vocals to shine through. Waiting For You has a little bit of a country styling to with vocal delivery and general composition. With a predominantly acoustic style, understated guitar soloing in the background plays particularly nicely. Sing Me Another Song, one of my personal favorites on the release, is an uptempo track with crisp guitar ripples. Beautiful is a quiet track with softly crafted musical innuendo. Certainly a track that could find broad audience appeal, I find the vocal harmonies paired against the electric guitar work particularly appealing. Helengeli is an acoustic track with a particularly poetic feel, somewhat like Elvis Costello. Building an electric crescendo the track continues to build momentum with the simplest of melodies. Very nice. Under The Stars has an easy 3/4 pace and a lulling feel. Nicely crafted with vocal harmonies and instrumentation, this track is pleasant and soothing. The bridge almost has a Badfinger kind of sound. Nicely crafted. Dear James is a song written from experience with a nice tempo and instrumentation only as needed, adding interest. The Blues Moved In, one of the fasted paced tracks on the release, has a jazzy feel and light guitar soloing over the basic melody. Strong writing prevails throughout allowing Lyons the room to use his voice as a compliment to the arrangements. Blink Of An Eye has a real simple feel with Neil Young like harmonica from Lyons. A totally different sound from the balance of the release, I like this particular track due to it's individuality. Bluestar Highway is an uptempo country rocker with a twist of Highway Star and a twist of Radar Love. With steel guitar in the back and drilling bass work this track is a mover.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Evil Hearted Woman - John Lyons Band

John Lyons is a passionate, soulful American Blues / R&B musician curently living in Zürich, Switzerland. The John Lyons Band is guaranteed to get you moving. Sometimes rocking out, sometimes soulful and soft, always dynamic with a killer groove that leaves nobody standing still!

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA 1969. Raised as a farm boy on a fruit farm near Glenn Michigan, John picked up the electric guitar at age 12 and never put it down since! All self taught, a natural musician's ear, early influences were 60's and 70's rock like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendirx, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and Aerosmith but also a big heap of Detroit soul & funk, Motown& Chicago Blues. As John explored music as a teenager, his tastes changed to harder rock and early electro/rap styles, by artists from ZZ Top to Motley Crüe, to Iron Maiden to Afrika Bambatta or Sugar Hill Gang. In the early 90's when most of the young people were listening to Nirvana, John had already been bitten hard by the Blues Rock bug, especially the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn for the next many years shaped his guitar practicing and playing style. Since the age of 17 John has played in Live bands of different flavors but all having one common theme - rock, blues & soul. Since 2005 in Switzerland, John has been playing under his own name and fronting his band as singer/guitarist.2006 John met and was joined at a concert by one of his heroes; Founding Robert Cray Band bassist Richard Cousins. In June 2010, John had yet another highlight when he organized a concert and was joined by Grammy nominated signer/guitarist/producer Alan ' BB Chung King and the Buddaheads' Mirikitani and again by world class bassist Richard Cousins who has performed with Robert Cray Band, Clapton, John Lee Hooker, etc.
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